Researchers Rajan Sekhon and Christopher McMahan of Clemson University have collaborated on an interdisciplinary study that addresses a threat to two of the world's most important cereal crops
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
Forest ecologist Maria Uriarte has been documenting the lives of thousands of individual trees in dozens of plots spread across the island, putting her in a unique position to study hurricanes' damage and the long-term implications.
DesignSafe is a web-based research platform that provides the computational tools needed to manage, analyze and understand critical data for natural hazards research
At Clemson University, engineers who specialize in structural reliability are testing new building materials to see how well they stand up to severe storms by shooting them with two-by-fours from an air cannon at 60, 80 and 100 mph
Arctic wolf spiders' tastes in prey might be changing under warming conditions, according to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis
Survival of the laziest, weather whiplash and more
How WiFi detects weapons, what ants can teach robots, position repercussions on concussions and how saving forests saves kids
A new study sheds new light on the sensory organs the snail larvae use to feel -- and perhaps even hear -- whether the water is turbulent or wavy and improve their odds of being carried to a good habitat, where they can settle down as adults
Hot and cold time travel, light-speed A.I. for I.D., and hey, where'd the water go?
What is geoengineering, and how could it help or harm our planet?
Genes turn on, fluids go surfing, radioactivity spills from a cosmic collision and an oceanic plate crashes the party at Earth's mantle
Less than half of the rain that falls from a cloud makes it all the way to the ground because a lot evaporates while falling or after landing in treetops
What does a sustainable energy future look like? Jack Brouwer of University of California, Irvine, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Arizona State University found that as the sun beats down on a summer day, the interior temperature of a car can reach a stifling 116 degrees Fahrenheit in just one hour
Something special in seal blood; a whole new angle on prosthetic ankles; a nanotech inspiration from single-celled architects; and sure, there may be "gold in them thar hills," but there's a quadrillion tons of diamonds in the Earth's interior
With support from the National Science Foundation, geologist Jeff Moore and his team are pioneering a new method of structural health monitoring to keep tabs on the structural integrity of spectacular geological landmarks
Researchers from the University of Missouri have developed a system that improves the precision of forecasts by accounting for evaporation in rainfall estimates, particularly for locations 30 miles or more from the nearest National Weather Service radar.
What is the relationship between food, energy and water? Jack Brouwer of the University of California, Irvine, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
"Walking molecules" that haul damaged DNA to the cell's emergency room, drones that could be small as a fingernail, fish that do the "electric hide," and local interventions that could boost coral's resilience to bleaching
University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher Adam Houston is part of a team using mobile mesonets and unmanned aerial vehicles to study thunderstorms